Basketball Team Shooting Drills for Coaches part 3

Basketball Team Shooting Drills for Coaches part 3

This drill will be focusing on Team Shooting Drills for coaches. This post will be the third one out of a series I started . As a coach you should be able to change some of these drills so that it can better suit your student, cater their skill level for example or age. As of right now just enjoy this post and make sure to soak in all the information that is presented in here.

Block Shooting Drills


Elbow Shooting Drill

This drill provides practice in establishing a balanced, fluid, and consistent shot motion while moving into a shot in both directions. In particular, it focuses on effective footwork.


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  1. Ideally, have four players at a basket for this drill.
  2. Start the drill with a player in the shooting line just above the top of the key, a rebounder positioned near the basket on the off-side of the right-side shooting elbow, and two players in the passing line at the right wing, free throw line extended and outside the three-point line. The ball will be in a passer’s hands to begin with.
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  1. The shooter will do a jab step to the left and then cut to the right elbow.
  2. The passer will deliver a pass so that the shooter can step right into the shot using the left foot as the pivot foot.
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  1. The rebounder throws the ball to the passing line, the initial shooter becomes the new rebounder, the initial rebounder joins the passing line, and the initial passer becomes the next shooter.
  2. Repeat the process from the opposite elbow, adjusting the rebounder position and passing-line position. Make sure that players use the right foot for the pivot foot when shooting from the left elbow.
  3. Continue the drill until all players have shot ten shots from both elbows.

Points of Emphasis

Continually tell your players…

  • Passes should be thrown to the shot pocket so that shooters don’t waste energy repositioning the ball.
  • Shooters should catch the ball just as they arrive at the elbow. In other words, they should be on the move.
  • The left foot is the pivot foot.
  • The shooter should land in the same spot, or slightly in front of the spot, from which they started the shot.

Motivation / Teaching Tips

  • Have players keep a daily record of how many shots they make from each elbow.
  • Emphasize to shooters the importance of presenting target hands to passers.
  • Encourage players to operate at game speed.
  • Mix up the groups daily so that players get practice throwing to different teammates.


The 555 Shooting Drill

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Take 5 shots with left-right footwork to right side of chair.

Take 5 shots with right-left footwork to left side of chair.

Alternate 5 shots between both footwork.

If you believe in the hop or any other hybrid, you can use that instead.


Nice and smooth.

You’ll notice that Don says nice and smooth because being a great shooter is about having consistency and rhythm on every shot.

It also creates a fluidity in your shot motion which eliminates hitches. This also makes it easier to shoot with greater accuracy and shooting range.


Close to the chair as possible.

Don also says “Step as close to the chair as possible.” The purpose is to train your body to step in a straight line to the basket on every shot. This develops more rhythm and consistency and improves shooting range.

You improve your shooting range because you create momentum and positive energy towards the basket as you shoot.


Feet set on pass.

Another coaching cue could be to “feet set on pass.” This basically means have your feet set and positioned as you receive the pass. This allows you to shoot immediately when you catch the pass.

This will make your shot quicker and make it really difficult for the defense to guard you.

Short-Long Shooting Drill

Short-Long is a great shooting drill that improves your ability to shoot the basketball. Not to mention, it can be used as a great warm up drill as well.

  • You get a high number of shooting repetitions in a short amount of time.
  • You enhance your ability to step into your shot and shoot.
  • You develop a quicker release.
  • And it’s a great conditioner.



Player starts a couple of steps behind the 3-point line. Player runs in to shoot from 7 to 10 feet (Short).

After the shot, player backpedals to starting position, changes direction and runs into next shot from 15 to 20 feet (Long.)

This continues for 10 shots. Player performs drill from 3 to 7 different spots.

You can also use variations such as:
– 20 shots per spot.
– 10 makes from each spot.
– 5 in a row from each spot.


Points of Emphasis

  • Give the passer a target – Ten fingers to the ceiling.
  • Be ready to shoot – Step into your shot as the pass is being thrown, not after you catch the ball.
  • Legs loaded – Have your legs loaded and bent as the pass is coming.
  • Sprint into shots to develop game-like feel.

Competitive Basketball Shooting Drills

These shooting drills are a great way to improve your shooting, develop rhythm, build confidence, and get up a high amount of reps in a short amount of time. Not to mention, they are a fun and challenging way to get better.

These are great to use in the beginning of your workout or at the end of the workout when you are more fatigued.

Competitive Shooting Drill #1 – 57 Shooting

Before beginning this drill, you can spread out cones all around the arc (as shown in the diagram to the right).

Younger players should start close to the basket and advanced players can start further out from the basket.

Begin Shooting from spot one on the right side of the basket. This is marked with a #1 in the diagram.

While shooting, it works best to have a partner who can rebound and pass you the ball.

If you make five out of seven shots from spot #1, you can advance to the next spot. You will continue all the way around the court, only advancing if you make five out of seven shots.

If you miss three or more shots from any spot, you must start over from that same spot.

Competitive Shooting Drill #2 – “7”

For this drill, the shooter should start just a few feet away (5 to 10 feet) from the basket. This is marked with a #1 on the diagram to the right.

You will shoot ten shots from that same spot. If you make at least seven out of ten, you can take a step back. You can adjust the step back based on the skill level. 2 to 5 feet will work for most players.

If you make less than seven, you get an “out.” You are only allowed 2 “outs” in the drill before the drill is over.

This is a great progressive drill for measuring and determining your shooting range. Wherever you get 2 outs is your current shooting range. This keeps you within your shooting range while also giving you a goal to shoot for to see how you can extend your range.

Competitive Shooting Drill #3 – 1-2 Shooting

For this drill you will be working against the clock. You can start with setting a one minute timer, but you can adjust the time.

Every time you make a shot, you get one point.

Every time you swish a shot or the ball hits the back of the rim and goes straight down through the hoop, you get two points.

You will need a rebounder.

The shooter should take shots from different spots all over the court.

Shooting Drill TipsUse the proper regressions and progressions: Adjust the goals and distance you are shooting from the basket based on your shooting level.

Emphasize proper shooting technique: For example, if you need a quicker release, work on sticking your feet before receiving the ball.



Two Ball Shooting Drill


This drill allows the shooter to get a high number of shots in a short amount of time from different spots.


  1. You need 3 players: a rebounder (Player 3), passer (Player 2), and shooter (Player 1).
  2. Player 2 and the Player 3 start out with the basketballs.
  3. Player 1 makes a cut to another spot on the floor and Player 2 throws a pass leading Player 1 to the spot.
  1. Player 1 shoots the ball on the catch.
  2. After Player 2 passed the ball to Player 1, Player 3 passes the ball to Player 2.
  3. Player 3 rebounds the shot.
  1. Player 1 cuts to back to a new spot and Player 2 passes him the ball.
  2. Player 1 shoots the ball.
  3. Player 3 passes the ball to Player 2 and goes to rebound the shot.
  1. This pattern continues for a set amount of time or until a certain number of shots have been taken or made.

Teaching Tips & Points of Emphasis:

  • Keep your hips low, so you can catch the ball and go straight up into your shot.
  • Move at GAME SPEED. If you do NOT shoot at full speed, you’ll never shoot the ball well during the game, because your brain/body is not accustomed the speed.
  • Good Passes. Every pass should hit the shooter in the hands and lead them into their shot.
  • Go to different spots on the floor.
    – Elbow to Elbow
    – Wing to Wing
  • Change positions of the passer.
  • Offensive Patterns. You can perform this drill with certain patterns and cuts. For example, from the wing, you could fade to the corner. From the corner, do v-cut and pop up to the wing for a shot.


Fastbreak Shooting Drill – 12 Players, 1 Hoop

Purpose of the Drill:

This is a great drill that works on transition shooting, passing, conditioning, teamwork, and communication. Not to mention, there are some competitive tips to motivate your players to go full speed.

Many coaches will experience times where they need to get game-like shots up with limited baskets for a number of players. Here is a way that you can organize it so you can work on fast break shooting in an efficient manner for a large number of players. You can also use this same format for shots in your half-court offense.


  • 1 and 2 are the shooters.
  • 3 and 4 are the rebounders.
  • 5 holds the next ball for the passer.
  • 6 is the passer.
  • You can do this on both sides of the basket to have 12 players at one basket.

  • 1 and 2 start at half court.
  • 6 leads 1 into a shot on the perimeter which simulates a shot off of a fastbreak situation.
  • Shots can come from the wing or the corner.
  • 5 passes 6 the next ball.
  • 3 and 4 rebound the shot from 1 and pass it out to 5.

  • After 1 shoots, they sprint to the sideline and back to half court and start their next repetition.
  • 2 goes next.
  • This will continue over and over.
  • Have them shoot 6 to 10 shots, then rotate the next pair of shooters.
  • Shooters (1 and 2) become rebounders. Passers (5 and 6) become shooters. Rebounders (3 and 4) become passers.
  • After everybody shoots, switch sides.
  • You can also add a 3rd ball into the rotation to try to speed things up.

  • Variation: Passer From the Wing
  • This is another situation players will face coming from the break.

Points of Emphasis:

  • Sprint into the shot. Run back to half court.
  • Rebounders hustle after balls and get them to passers as soon as possible. Lazy rebounders and passers can slow down the drill tremendously.
  • Some progressions include – lay up and 1-dribble jump shot.

Motivation/Teaching Tips:

  • Competition – A problem with players is that they will get bored with a drill and not go full speed. As soon as you split them into two groups and declare that you want to see which group would make the most, the players will instantly go full speed.
  • I like to do “TIMED” competitions. So, I will put 2 minutes on the clock and rotate them every 40 seconds. That way, they do not take their time if you tell them to shoot 10 and rotate. When they rotate, I yell “Rotate” or blow my whistle. This also forces them to communicate and work as a team to hustle to their next spot. Also, have them yell out the number of makes they have after each basket, this helps prevent cheating. I also tell that if they do not touch half court, the basket does not count.
  • Bonus Round- For fun, sometimes, I will yell “Bonus Round” and they get two points for each basket made.



In summary, I hope you have enjoyed this drill and make sure to stay tuned for more informative drills. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below, I will happily answer them. Also, if you have any things that you think should be added to this post I will try my best to improve on it;) Lastly add up the socials and receive updates on when I am dropping a post or something in the shop and generally anything about basketball.


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